In the spirit of Thanksgiving, which is my favorite holiday and is coming up in the U.S. this Thursday, and because my LJ is chiefly devoted to my fanfics, I thought I’d list a few things I’m grateful for.

I am thankful for and appreciative of my anonymous beta. She has been patient with me when I wanted to scream and throw my laptop out and give up writing anything more complex than a grocery list, and she has been great for bouncing ideas off of and can always be counted on for a frank opinion of them! Thank you!

I am thankful for all those who, with no monetary compensation, maintain the archives that we all enjoy reading on and posting to. Thank you!

I am thankful to those readers who took anything from a few seconds to a few minutes to leave a review after reading a chapter of one of my stories; they have offered encouragement and a sense that writing, rewriting, revising, polishing, posting, and sharing my stories has been worth it. And I’m grateful for those who have reviewed and encouraged other authors’ stories, as well, since it helps add to the richness of the fanfiction world. Thank you!

I am thankful to JKR for creating the HP universe and for letting us play in it and not behaving as a certain writer of vampire novels does. It’s allowed a lot of people to exercise their imaginations, their creativity, and their writing skills, and many more people to enjoy the fruits thereof. Whatever quibbles I have about the way the series ended, I’m nonetheless very grateful.

So even in my “non-RL,” I can find reasons to be thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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